(Promoted by Colorado Pols)
(UPDATE: Rocky Mountain Gun Owners in the mix – seems they want to guarantee Castle Rock's crime rate increases. See below for Post's reference to CR's crimes stats.)
Quaint little Castle Rock just had to be turned into another battle ground in the NRA's fight to arm everyone, everywhere, right?
Many, if not all, of the planning commissioners for the town of Castle Rock, Colorado may quit their jobs after the town council voted on Tuesday to allow guns to be openly carried in public buildings and parks.
Last week, Castle Rock Planning Commission acting chair Michael Fronczak notified the town clerk’s office that “many on the Commission have expressed that they would feel unsafe serving as a Commissioner if open carry were permitted.”
“It is likely that many, if not all, members of the Planning Commission would resign because of the increased possibility for intimidation and/or violence,” Fronczak wrote.
A survey of town employees found that about 95 percent did not want the ban repealed, and on Sept. 5, Castle Rock’s public safety commission voted to recommend against repeal.
However, the council moved forward with plans for repeal. After a heated hearing on Tuesday night, the council voted 4-3 in favor of repealing the open-carry ban.
The proof that this is not a compelling public safety issue is when so many of your public safety people recommend against such a callous move.
“If you, Town Council, repeal the existing ban, I as a volunteer serving on the planning commission will resign,” Planning Committee member Barbara Dash told the council on Tuesday night.
The crime rate in Castle Rock is below the average in Colorado, and the nation, too. Way below.
For anyone who still thinks Castle Rock needs more guns within its town limits should not forget the presence of Castle Rock Police, Douglas County Sheriff, and Colorado State Patrol officers in the hundreds….
(h/t xxdr zombiexx at DKos)